The High Court in Shah Alam, Malaysia, where the sentence was handed down. Photo: Google Maps

A Malaysian woman, who caused public outrage when she previously escaped a jail sentence after pleading guilty to causing grievous harm to her Indonesian maid in December 2016, had her sentence overturned and was jailed for eight years by Malaysia’s High Court on Thursday.

Rozita Mohamad Ali, 44, who uses the honorific Datin, carried out an horrific attack on maid Suyanti Sutrins, 19, at a house in Mutiara Damansara in December last year. She used a kitchen knife, clothes hanger, steel mop and umbrella in the attack which drew widespread condemnation, the Sin Chew Daily (Malaysia) reported.

The Indonesian domestic helper was left in a life-threatening condition with multiple injuries to her eyes, both legs, hands and internal organs after Ali’s brutal attack.

On March 29, the High Court in Shah Alam revised Ali’s original punishment – a five-year bind-over order with a 20,000 ringgit (US$5,100) surety – issued by a Sessions Court on March 15, to an eight-year jail sentence effect immediately.

The defense counsel’s plea for a stay of execution was rejected by the High Court judge.

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